Firstly, I'd like to thank Bruffy for the GEA and JustDucky for her UA on my Two Tuscawilla Tigresses. Thankyou Mark and Tammy.
I know they're Lupins, but thought I'd give them the Texas State Flower name.
I took loads of shots of these at West Dean Gardens (situated in the rolling folds of the South Downs National Park in Chichester). Unfortunately, most were backed by large white greenhouses, so I had to change the backgrounds.
Also known as Quaker Bonnet, Old Maid's Bonnet and Jackrabbit, the lupin is a tall ornamental herbaceous perennial with flowers on dense open whorls with a typical peaflower shape.
The protein-rich beans are edible and have long been cultivated for cattle fodder.
The name 'Lupin' derives from the Latin word lupinus or lupus (meaning wolf), and was given with regard to the fact that many found the plant had a tendency to ravage the land on which it grew.
It was thought that the lupin WOLFED down the nutrients from the ground, whereas it actually fertilizes the land around it.
The peas, which appear after the flowering period, were also said to be fit only for the consumption of wolves.